John Strachan


Personal Statement

John is Vice-Provost for Research and Development, Dean of Graduate College and Director of Corsham Court Campus. He was previously acting Dean, School of Humanities and Cultural Industries, and before that Associate Dean for Research, HCI.

John is Professor of English Literature. His research interests focus on British Romanticism, with a particular attention to Romantic-era popular culture, parody and satire, literary magazines and the work of Leigh Hunt, John Keats and William Wordsworth. He is fascinated by the relationship between literature and advertising, the subject of his monographs, Advertising and Satirical Culture in the Romantic Period, Cambridge University Press, 2007, and Advertising, Literature and Print Culture in Ireland, 1891-1922 (co-written with Claire Nally), Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Professor Strachan is an Associate Editor of the Oxford Companion to English Literature and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society He previously held professorships at the universities of Northumbria and Sunderland.

Academic qualifications

  • BA(Hons) Southampton
  • MPhil Oxford
  • DPhil Oxford

Professional qualifications

  • Fellow, Royal Historical Society

Recent professional updating

  • Funding Awards
  • British Academy Senior Research Fellow, 2011-12
  • British Academy Small Research Grant, 2011
  • Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow, 2009-10
  • Director, Leverhulme Trust Major Research Project, Consumer Culture, Advertising and Literature in Ireland, 1848-1921, 2008-11
  • British Academy Overseas Travel Grant, 2007
  • Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow, 2006-7
  • Culture Ireland Conference Grant, 2006
  • AHRB Research Leave Fellowship, 2000

Professional memberships

  • Associate Editor, Oxford Companion to English Literature
  • Trustee, Wordsworth Conference Foundation
  • Board Member, Thomas Hardy Country Steering Group
  • Editorial Board, Charles Lamb Bulletin
  • Volume Editor, The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Thomas Love Peacock
  • Member, British Association for Romantic Studies
  • Member, North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
  • Member, International Conference on Romanticism

External Examiners

  • External Examiner, University of Liverpool, PhD thesis, 2012
  • External Examiner, Leeds Trinity University, BA English, 2012-
  • External Examiner, Cardiff Metropolitan University, MA in Creative Writing, 2009-
  • External Examiner, Cardiff Metropolitan University, MA in English, 2009-
  • External Examiner, University of Glasgow, PhD thesis, 2009
  • External Examiner, Northumbria University, Faculty External Examiner, 2009-11
  • External Examiner, University of Gloucester, Revalidation of BA in English, 2008-9
  • External Examiner, University of Glasgow, MPhil thesis, 2005
  • External Examiner, University of Cardiff, PhD thesis, 2004
  • External Examiner, University of York, PhD thesis, 2004
  • External Examiner, State University of New York, Stony Brook, PhD thesis, 1999
  • External Examiner, University of Wolverhampton: External Examiner, BA English, 1996-2000

Other External Roles

  • Co-Curator, Their Colours and their Forms: Artists' Responses to Wordsworth, an exhibition shown at the Wordsworth Trust Museum and Gallery, Grasmere, 2 February - 10 March 2013.

Teaching Specialism

I have taught all periods of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon age to the present day. My undergraduate teaching includes modules on Romanticism and medieval literature. I have supervised PhD students on a wide range of topics in English and Irish literature and cultural history.

Current Scholarship

  • I am currently editing Gryll Grange for The Cambridge Edition of the Novels of Thomas Love Peacock, general editors Matthew Bevis and Freya Johnston.
  • I have guest edited s special issue of Romanticism (19:3, October 2013), 'Romanticism and Sport', with contributions by Simon Bainbridge, Kyle Grimes, Jane Moore, Brian Rejack and myself.

Essays and articles published since 2008:

  • 'Joyce and the Dublin Advertising Business', in James Joyce in the Nineteenth Century, ed. John Nash, Cambridge University Press, 2013, pp. 89-101.
  • 'Romanticism and Sport', Romanticism, 19, 3, 2013, pp. 201-14.
  • 'Charles Robert Apperley (Nimrod) and Late Georgian Sporting Biography', Romanticism, 19, 3, 2013, pp. 279-91.
  • 'John Wilson, Sportsman', in Romanticism and Blackwoods Magazine: An Unprecedented Phenomenon, ed. Robert Morrison and Daniel S. Roberts, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp. 215-26.
  • 'Charles Robert Maturin, Roman Catholicism and Melmoth the Wanderer', in Celtic Connections: Irish-Scottish Relations and the Politics of Culture, ed. Willy Maley and Alison O'Malley-Younger, Peter Lang, 2013, pp. 18-32.
  • 'Leigh Hunt in 1812: The Examiner, The Reflector and "A Day by the Fire'", The Charles Lamb Bulletin, 156, 2012, pp. 149-158.
  • 'Whelan's, the Sinn Fin Depot and the Selling of Irish Sport', in Ireland in Drama, Film and Popular Culture: Festschrift for Werner Huber, ed. S. Mayer, J. Novak, and M. Rubik, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2011, pp. 171-82
  • 'Leigh Hunt, Sport and the Cockney Controversy Revisited', Romanticism on the Net, 59-60, 2011.
  • 'Romanticism, Sport and Late Georgian Poetry', in The Blackwell Companion to Romantic Poetry, ed. Charles Mahoney, Blackwell, 2011, pp. 374-92.
  • 'Satirical Print Culture', in The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Culture, ed. Francis OGorman, Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 156-76.
  • 'Pierce Egan: West Briton', in Ireland: Revolution and Evolution, co-editor with Alison OMalley-Younger, Peter Lang, 2010, pp. 15-35.
  • 'Byron's Bruisers: Poetry and Pugilism in Late Georgian England', History Today, January 2009, pp. 19-27.
  • 'Fighting Sports and Late Georgian Periodical Culture', in The British Periodical Text, ed. Simon Hull, Humanities E-books, 2008, pp. 143-69.
  • 'Wordsworth, Walton and Romantic-Era Angling Literature', Charles Lamb Bulletin, April 2008, pp. 17-36.

Research and academic outputs

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